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Latest Addition to our fleet 2006 980H Cat Loader

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by kcress31, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Here are a few pictures of our new to us loader we just purchased. I have been running for 2 days now and I am getting spoiled. It is a 2006 980H with 3180 hrs on it. It has a 7 cu yd bucket, ride control, Sat radio, a half steering with with Forward and reverse and gear selaction on on one handle on the wheel. I will post more pics of the inside soon. We are putting to work at a local gold mine for the next 3 - 4 weeks. I am having some thoughts of putting a pusher on it later.

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  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    That's big and cool
  3. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    Awesome machine, I still dream of having a machine like that for snow. Congrats, your doing something right over there!
  4. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    "Macks, Cats, and Cadillac's.... Only the best!" Awsome loader!
  5. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Thanks Guys. Here are some more pics of it in action.

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  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    That is a big a$$ loader. I don't know much about pushers, but isn't that loader a little big for a pusher?
  7. patlalandebutt

    patlalandebutt Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    thats small...............................
  8. sidthss

    sidthss Senior Member
    from GR MI
    Messages: 182

    I know last winter a cat 980 was ran at the local spartan distribution center with i think a 16' blade. Never got to see it in action though.
  9. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747

    would running a loader that big damage a parking lot if you have to plow early before the ground is frozen, or get a late snow after the ground has thawed?
  10. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Good looking machine. I love the half steering with the trans controls on the wheel.
    A little big for snow work lol.
  11. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    I have to agree it is a little big for snow work. I was thinking that I could throw a pusher on it so it won't sit all winter and only use it on our big parking lots. As far as damaging the lots as long as I don't hit a curb or something I will be OK. Here are a few more pics of the cab.

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    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    Thats a nice loader, the steering seems to take some getting used to when going down the road at full speed for some guys anyway (speaking from experience not me but some monkeys that help me) but nice machine I love the option of rolling into the pile and hit a button on the wheel to drop a gear then get your bucket full and hit it again and your back in hi gear, as far as plowing its a touch big but throw a 24-30 footer on her and you can really roll in the big areas, great for stacking piles as well, I would put a good experienced operator in that one as the potential for damage is a little higher lol! Do you mind telling me what you paid?
  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Very nice loader, congrats!! I've never seen a half steering wheel before, I must be out of the loop.
  14. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    Nice machine... Don't know about a pusher. I've watched a excavation company in Milwaukee use a L350 Volvo with spade bucket do load outs and push up piles.
    I'd just shine it up and put in in the shed for winter. Look at how many guys shine stuff and store it during summer.
  15. Jelinek61

    Jelinek61 Senior Member
    Messages: 679

    Sweet loader, I always wanted to try the half wheel and the two joystick controls....seems like it would take some getting used to. I think i would perfer the single joystick for the bucket/arm operation.
  16. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I thought ours was a good sized machine......I guess I got a little reality check here.....
  17. DellDoug

    DellDoug Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    That is a big one. nice machine!
  18. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    Awesome machine, i wonder what the production rate in snow removal would be with lets say a 20ft+ pusher on that, doing Parking lots in minutes, not hours. Did you ever buy the 988 you were talking about last year (i hope you were the guy that was talking about that)
  19. Kuzanut

    Kuzanut Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    Not to start up an old disscussion again but do you think you could load a tri axel faster then one of Niege';s snowblowers???:laughing:
  20. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

    The 980H is a very nice loader, but what else would you expect from Caterpillar. They often get it right.

    We have two 980H loaders at work with spade buckets feeding rock crushers. Very comfortable but don't seem to have as much power as our 980G loaders when digging in hard rock.